Bonaire Mangroves Center
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Kayak Through Mazes of Mangrove Trees in Bonaire
If you’ve been kayaking before and think you don’t need to do it again, think again: this is an entirely new experience. Hop in a single or double kayak and paddle through maze-like pathways of mangrove trees. These special trees are one of the only species that have figured out how to survive in salt water; they are a crucial part of Bonaire’s ecosystem. Once you get past the mangroves, you’ll kayak in Bonaire’s breathtaking Lac Bay, with all shades of green and blue beneath you. Hop out of your kayaks for a 30 minute snorkel through the mangroves; it feels as if you’re in freshwater, with seemingly marshy mangroves above the surface. When you stick your mask and snorkel into the water, there are treasures below the surface: brightly colored sea sponges in colors of purples, pinks and oranges form all along the roots of the mangroves, and tropical fish use the roots as nurseries, so the density of fish is similar to what you’ll find in a coral reef. It is a magical place where the land meets the sea.
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